The Human Brewery

Tee-total Texan whose family feared he was an alcoholic cannot stay sober as his stomach turns food into 'beer'

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It is every man’s dream super power: to be able to magic beer out of nowhere.

Imagine taking a piece of bread or a bowl of pasta and turning it into an ice-cold glass of the foamy tipple.

One man could tell them from experience that it is not all it is cracked up to be.

The 61-year-old Texan is a human brewery and try as he might, he cannot stay sober.

Suffering from auto-brewery syndrome, his stomach produces brewer’s yeast that goes into his blood stream, creating the exact same effect as beer. 

He gets drunk the moment he wakes up, at church, at work, or out walking with his family.

Distraught, his wife could not understand how her husband managed to fit his drinking into the day without her even noticing.

Once he stumbled into a hospital in Texas complaining of dizziness. 

Doctors laughed when he told them he hadn’t had anything to drink, despite being five times over the limit.

But they were astounded when gastroenterology tests showed his stomach uncontrollably brews beer.

Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Texas, said: ‘He would get drunk out of the blue.

‘On a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just anytime – his wife was so dismayed about it that she even bought a breathalyzer.’

Medics initially believed the man was just a secret boozer, but Mrs Cordell got in touch with gastroenterologist Dr Justin McCarthy to find out what was going on.

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